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  • Article: Jun 16, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am aghast that Cheshire East Council has rejected Congleton Museum's bid to transfer its work to Bradshaw House.

    It seems such a sensible thing to do that I feel the council needs to rethink its priorities, even after taking into account the fi nancial pressures it is under.

    The number of reasons given for this rejection also suggests that none is sufficient on its own to make the case for this questionable decision.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Richard Walton in his letter to the Chronicle, 24th May p30, states that Congleton Memorial Hospital is a priceless gem and is in danger of slow strangulation due to lack of funding.

    As he acknowledges in the same letter, it is in fact the transfer of staff from it to Macclesfield, to maintain safe staffing levels there, that is the cause of these closures.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    At the end of September 2017, Cheshire East Council, contrary to the wishes of the majority of local residents closed the Arclid Recycling Site.

    Then, in January, 2018, Cheshire East Council revealed that it planned to dispose of the Arclid Recycling Site and surrounding woodland.

    These plans to dispose of this site together with neighbouring woodland appalled me and I put in a tremendous amount of effort and time, including trawling through Cheshire East Council's Local Plan, so that I could lodge a detailed letter of objection to these plans.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Robert Chilowa, a Zimbabwean national, in February, 2017 ran out of his home barefoot when he heard screams from a neighbour's home that was on fire. A girl who had jumped from the building told him her siblings were still inside. Fighting the heat and smoke, he called up and told the two youngsters to jump and he would catch them. These two youngsters lives were saved but two adults died in the fire. Police and fire chiefs said more lives could have been lost but for his "noble" actions and that of his neighbours.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Lord Lawson, the former Chair of Vote Leave, is applying for a French residency card to avoid the complications arising from Brexit..

    While the rest of us suffer the damaging consequences of Brexit, Lord Lawson, who claims no matter the cost the U.K. should leave the E.U., will be taking advantage of his French residency and sunning himself in his luxury home in France with his "I am alright Jacques" attitude.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    This week the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has delivered a report in which he advised that as a consequence of Brexit, households in the U.K. are approximately £ 900 poorer.

    Mark Carney also said that the U.K. economy was 2% smaller than forecast before the E.U. Referendum, despite the strength of the global economy and the Bank of England's emergency cut in interest rates after the Brexit vote.

  • Article: May 31, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Mr Muller, of Muller Property Group, is quoted on page 19 of last week's Chronicle as saying that 21% of new homes recently granted planning permission were done so on appeal.

    This raises the question of why these appeals were granted, when Cheshire East considered them unsuitable.

    If the council is going to refuse applications, it must have a robust reason to explain why they are not in the borough's interests.

  • Article: May 31, 2018
    By Clr Rod Fletcher in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear sir,

    It is now some months since articles appeared in local newspapers advising that some Labour councillors had called for car parking charges to be introduced in the former Congleton Borough Towns.

    This article was not challenged by local Labour Party members at the time.

    However, some are now questioning the accuracy of these reports.

  • Article: May 24, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I was shocked to see the excellent Andrew Neil on last Wednesday's B.B.C. Politics Show having to educate the Foreign Minister, Harriet Baldwin, on the difference between a Government Green Paper and a Government White Paper.

    Even when I was a teenager, I knew that a Government Green Paper is a consultative document whereas a Government White Paper outlines Government policy intended to be turned into legislation.

  • Article: May 24, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    More than 6,000 visa applications from professionals including doctors, other healthcare professional roles and I.T. specialists were refused over a period of just four months between December, 2017 and March, 2018. This is just because of an arbitrary annual limit of 20,700 so-called Tier 2 visas which was introduced in 2011.